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they're both potentially vulnerable. also, shocking video shows workers for a u.s. security contractor in afghanistan allegedly partying up, seemingly so drunk and drugged they could hardly speak. >>> plus, a reason to take the window seat. we have the amazing story of how airline passengers spotted and help save a man who had been stranded at sea for nine days. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >>> monday's third and final presidential debate will be a serious challenge for both candidates. it's focused on international policy and arena where both mitt romney lacks experience and the obama administration is under growing criticism, especially when it comes to the situation in the middle east. let's start with cnn's white house correspondent dan loathian. i assume officials in the white house campaign they know the president has questions he's going to answer. >> reporter: that's correct, wolf. and there doesn't appear to be much of a difference between the two candidates when it comes to forei
at the debates. >> i assume not just libya, syria, iran, what's going on with u.s. relations with russia, china, and of course the whole war on terror. lots of questions on that t so is he going through all these issues, issues he's dealt with in the fast four years. >> reporter: he is going through all those issues and as you know the campaign has been second retive about specifics when it comes to preparation going into the debates but clearly they understand that mitt romney will come out swinging on all of those issues that you have just listed. both not only the romney campaign and the republicans in general have been critical of this president not only on his domestic issues but hau he has been hand lilg all these issues overseas and the president preparing to counter that at the final debate. >>> thanks very much. let's dig deeper and discuss the state of the race and look ahead to monday's final presidential debate. we're joined by gloria borger and ryan liza. he's the new yorker mag zeen's washington correspondent. gloria, how important is this final debate to both of these candidates?
following the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just 13 days until the presidential election and the obama and romney campaigns, they are kicking into overdrive as the candidates make their final push to win the white house. cnn correspondents are following their every move. they're reporting from coast to coast and from all the most crucial states, any one of which has the potential to decide who the next president of the united states will be. let's begin this hour's coverage in iowa where president obama kicked off a two-day coast-to-coast swing through eight states. he's calling it a campaign marathon extravaganza. likening it to an all-nighter. no surprise his itinerary consistents almost entirely of battleground states. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is traveling with the president. >> reporter: wolf, president obama is hopping around the nation stumping for early votes and undecided voters. it's the kind of whirlwind tour you usually see in the last 48 hours before election day. the
more dangerous under president obama's watch. exhibit a was last month's attack that left a u.s. ambassador dead at the american consulate in libya. >> the attacks on america last not should not be seen as random acts. they're expressions of a larger struggle playing out across the broader middle east and i'll vigorously pursue the terrorists who attacked our consulate in benghazi and killed our fellow americans. >> reporter: romney then seized on the recently violence in syria and the potential for an iranian nuclear weapon to issue a dire warning, that war in the region could be on the horizon. >> it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: the gop nominee pledged to get tough by reversing looming defense cuts coming at the end of the year, threatening to impose possible new sanctions on iran and by looking for ways to arm the rebels in syria. romney also said he would pursue a two-state solution between the israelis and palestinians, a concept he seemed to diminish at a fund-raiser at was secretly recorded
room." happening now, americans working for a u.s. security contractor in afghanistan allegedly partying it up big time. seemingly so drunk and drugged they could hardly speak. the shocking video just ahead. >>> plus, some corporate ceos are warning their employees that a vote for president obama could mean losing their job. why what mitt romney's telling them might surprise you. and a tale of two ex-presidents. while bill clinton may be helping president obama on the campaign trail, others suggest george w. bush may be haunting mitt romney. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> only 19 days to go until the 2012 presidential election. and the pressure's certainly on both candidates in this increasingly tight race. today president obama campaigned in new hampshire with its four electoral votes, it's one of a handful of swing states that will be absolutely critical come election day november 6th. joining us now for an update from the obama campaign, the campaign's traveling press secretary je
. >>> all that coming up, let's get to the breaking news. u.s. government agents say they have foiled an apparent terrorist plot in new york city. it's a bomb plot. and the suspect is in custody, will later be in court today. let's go straight to cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti, she's joining us from new york. what do we know, susan? >> hi, wolf. we know that this alleged plot had been underway for quite some time. an undercover sting operation being conducted by the fbi and the nypd to foil a planned plot to blow up the federal reserve bank here in lower manhattan. it's very close to wall street. and apparently it all went down, culminated in the alleged plot that went down today and that's when this man was arrested. he is only 21 years old. and apparently he was planning to take and detonate a 1,000-pound bomb, what he thought was a bomb, but it was inert, no member of the public was in danger because the feds were all over this, they say, as they were putting this operation together they say at the request of this suspect. they say it was all his idea. only 21 years o
diplomats to get in benghazi. couldn't even move around because he didn't have enough men. and the u.s. felt it was so important in this election period to get out there. he warned having no movements of almost upwards of ten days severely limited operations in benghazi. wolf, he goes onto say i have been placed in a very difficult spot. and the security professionals warned that five armed guards, most of, you know, the other countries in benghazi at the time had about five security guards. the u.s. wanted five, sometimes there were five. sometimes there were three. and even some of these other countries pulled out of benghazi because they felt it was too dangerous. >> was there anything specific in the documents about threats to ambassador stevens? >> no specific threats to him per se. but take a look at this facebook page the committee released not only a facebook page but it was one of this extremist groups that warned not only about -- there was a picture of chris stevens -- i think we're going to bring that picture up. but also said that they were very concerned about drone attacks in
. and i'm quoting from the letter now. "multiple u.s. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that prior to the september 11 attack the u.s. mission in libya made repeated requests for increased security in benghazi." the letter then continues. the mission was denied these resources by officials in washington. the house democratic leader nancy pelosi is here in "the situation room." let's get to some of the news. let's get your reaction right now to what chairman issa and congressman chaffetz are saying? >> i think it's important the congress has the right to know, but the department of state has to have the information. there is investigation by the fbi as to what happened in benghazi. and there's a review answering some of the questions asked. but how can you ask the secretary to come before the information is known? it's also important to note that the republican appropriation in congress gave the administration $300 million less than it asked for for the state department including funding for security. >> are you suggesting that there was a financial aspec
for the u.s. housing market. foreclosures fell in nearly two-thirds of the country's biggest markets. realty track says the most markets are past the worst of the housing crisis, but there are still a few trouble spots including several cities in florida. that state was especially hard hit by the downturn. and the inside of the statue of liberty will be open for business on sunday. the interior has been closed for a year because of renovations to make it more accessible for disabled visitors. the changes will allow 26,000 more people to visit every year. the final cost of the renovations will be about $30 million when they're finished early next year. so the chance for people to go, it should be great. you can get back inside and see what it looks like inside, wolf. >> i've been there, done it. it's great. i'm looking forward to doing it again. lisa, thank you. campaign humor or campaign desperation? our political panel getting ready to take a closer look at president obama's one-liners. that's coming up. [ male announcer ] inside the v8 taste lab. tomato, obviously. haha. there's more than
including a lot more on the debate tomorrow night. also other news we're following, the u.s. does not have a monopoly on drones by any means in the middle east. israel's demonstrating how it's capable of high-tech warfare, as well. we have an inside look. that's next. line outfit piccolo headphones buy now broadway show megapixels place to sleep little roadster war and peace deep sea diving ninja app hipster glasses 5% cash back sign up to get 5% everywhere online through december. only from discover. a short word that's a tall order. up your game. up the ante. and if you stumble, you get back up. up isn't easy, and we ought to know. we're in the business of up. everyday delta flies a quarter of million people while investing billions improving everything from booking to baggage claim. we're raising the bar on flying and tomorrow we will up it yet again. >>> it has drone technology, but israeli officials don't seem overwhelmingly concerned. that's because israel has its own high-tech system. and officials say it's much more advanced. cnn's senior international correspondent sarah sidner sh
. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. >>> the u.s. supreme court is now back in session for the first time since it ruled on the obama administration's landmark health care law last june. so how might mitt romney change the high court if he becomes president of the united states? he's already giving all of us some major clues. let's bring in cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns who's taking a closer look. what are you seeing? >> the supreme court doesn't get talked about that much on the campaign trail. but choosing a justice is one of the most important things a president does. it's how on administration puts its mark on some of the nation east toughest, most divisive issues. and we have a look at how mitt romney might handle it if he's president. whenever mitt romney fielded questions during the primaries about his picks for the supreme court, he was armed with a stock republican answer. >> what i would look to do would be to appoint people to the supreme court that will follow strictly the constitution as opposed to to legislati
a longer period we've seen moderate progress that's consistent with modest growth in the u.s. and the modest growth in the u.s. in excess of the growth rate in almost the entire advanced world. it's very tough period in the world economy. but it's making some slow progress. i do think it's fairly interesting to compare if the unemployment rate today is the same as it was when the president took office, remember what that was, it was horrible. a rate of 7.8% but shooting upward by large amounts every month. so i think it's pretty different comparing the past year to that year. >> and 700,000 jobs or so were being lost every month in that period leading up to his inauguration. that was a really rough time as a lot of us will remember. now, you saw the statement that mitt romney released reacting to these latest jobs numbers. this is not what a real recovery looks like. we've lost over 600,000 manufacturing jobs since president obama took office. would you call this a real recovery? or do you think he's onto something over here? >> i mean, we're clearly recovering. i mean, since
bickering breaking out as congress discloses new details about the attack on the u.s. diplomatic compounds in benghazi. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> with just 27 days to go until the presidential election, we begin with mitt romney's bumpy day out there on the campaign trail. first, his campaign had to clarify something romney said earlier about abortion later. they said romney will stop telling a new story apparently designed to show his softer side. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in ohio right now on the road with the romney campaign. >> reporter: wolf, mitt romney's been trying to open up to voters in recent days telling stories of friends who have died, even service members who have died in combat. but the mother of one falling navy s.e.a.l.s. says she's offended as democrats accuse romney of trying to hide his true beliefs. it's been a staple of the stump speeches, the gop nominee talking about the deaths of friends, even soldier who is have inspired him. >> i've met some wonderful people. one was a former navy s.e.a.l.s. glen dougherty.
's flashpoints, an article in "the new york times" stating the u.s. and iran may be in direct talks about that nation's nuclear program. a reporter tried to ask romney about the story before a flag football game between his staff and traveling press corps. >> as president, would you be open to one-on-one talks with iran? >> reporter: romney may also try to press the president on a u.s. consulate attack in libya, as he did at the last debate. >> i want to make sure we get that for the record. it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in benghazi an act of terror. >> get the transcript. >> reporter: after that moment did not go as planned for romney, he dropped that line of attack from his stump speech. >> the obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign. >> this is the moment when the rise of the oceans begin to flow and our planet began to heal. >> reporter: the romney campaign released a web video teasing his comments to russian president dmitry medvedev. >> this is my last election. >> reporter: but the obama campaign says it's ready for that, noting one w
u.s. military team escorted fbi investigators to the site. the pentagon says both teams left benghazi a short time ago. the fbi team had been stalled for three weeks because of security concerns there at the particular site in benghazi. thank you so much for being with me today. i'm brooke baldwin. let's send you to washington. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer begins now. >>> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, president obama back on the campaign trail after a lackluster debate performance. he's about to speak in madison, wisconsin. we're going to hear from him live this hour as he tries to recover. also, we'll hear live from mitt romney. he's now campaigning with new energy and momentum after his showing in the debate last night. plus, big bird thrust into campaign politics and on the defensive. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> only 33 days to election and an entirely new dynamic in the battle between president obama and mitt romney. the republican nominee is widely seen as the winner of last night's debate while even the president's stronges
across the country is that the current u.s. debt level is not sustainable anymore. it's been growing steadily from 5.6 trillion in 2000 to 16 trillion in 2012. business leaders are saying it's time for democrats and republicans to compromise. >> reporter: bringing the bell of the new york stock exchange while sounding the alarm over the nation's growing debt. more than 80 of the country's largest ceos are urging law makers to reach a bipartisan agreement to bring down the nation's debt level. they're pushing the controversialal methods raising tax revenue. >> there needs to be compromise and compromise not being a dirty word, but rather being synonymous with governing. yes, i recognize my taxes are going up. i haven't developed a table that says i'll be willing to pay this much more if you're willing to cut this much more. who knows where that's going to go. but i would say most companies, most people expect that they're probably going to have to pay more. >> an increasing number of ceos are going on record that they're willing to pay more in taxes to avert the so-called fiscal cliff
there was adequate security before the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> and they wanted more security there. >> well, we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. >> we just had a major hearing on this. that was one of the heart -- the heart of the point was these requests went unheated. and obviously the vice president's not paying any attention. >> reporter: declaring victory for his running mate, romney seized on what his campaign has dubbed biden's benghazi bungle. >> because the vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of state department officials. he's doubling down on denial. and we need to understand exactly what happened. >> reporter: back in the spin room obama campaign manager said biden proved it was ryan who was unprepared. >> he got past paul ryan's index card talking points and got into the details. that's exactly what the american voters wanted. >> reporter: both campaigns concede what happened here in kentucky may not have a lasting effect on the polls but may have set a new combative tone
to take on secretary of state hillary clinton's comments on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya when she told cnn the buck stops with her. >> i take responsibility. >> reporter: an obvious opening for romney to say the buck should stop with the president. after two runs for the white house, romney has grown more comfortable in town hall settings. here kidding around with new jersey governor chris christie last week in ohio. >> i'm going to turn to you for questions in just a few moments and let you ask any questions you'd like. and i'll answer some. and if they're real tough, i'll have chris answer them. >> reporter: but romney has also offered ammunition to his opponents. take this question on the president's health care law last january. >> what is your strategy to replace it with? how do we move forward to make health care once again affordable? >> reporter: when romney responded the consumer should have the ability to fire his insurance companies, his gop rivals pounced. >> it also means if you don't like what they do, you can fire them. i like being able to fire people that prov
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and workers got together to save the u.s. auto industry. pretended like somehow i had taken his advice. but people don't forget. the people of dayton don't forget. the people of ohio don't forget. if mitt romney had been president when the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, we might not have an american auto industry today. we'd be buying cars from china instead of selling cars to china. and you know how important that is to ohio. the auto industry supports one in eight ohio jobs. it's a source of pride to this state. it is a source of pride to our country. it's a source of pride to generations of workers. i refuse to walk away from those workers. i bet on those workers. i refuse to walk away from those jobs. i understood that americans can compete. i wasn't about to let detroit go bankrupt or toledo go bankrupt. i bet on american workers. i bet on american manufacturing. i would do it again because that bet has paid off for ohio and for america in a big way. so here's the good news, ohio, if you've come down with a case of romnesia, if you can't seem to remember the positions
up for your free trial today at constantcontact.com/try. >>> a new book reveals if u.s. navy seals had captured osama bin laden, president obama would have put him on trial in a civilian court rather than in front of a military tribunal. vanity fair's excerpts from the new book entitled "the finish" he says the president told him and i'm quoting now "my belief was if we captured him i would be in a pretty strong position politically here to argue that due process and rule of law would be or best weapon of al qaeda in preventing him from appearing as a martyr. a direct quote from the president in this new book. lisa sylvester's monitoring some of the top stories in "the situation room" right now. >> hi, wolf. turkey struck back at syria after a cross-border mortar strike. the office of the turkish prime minister says "points in syria have been hit by artillery fire." a mortar strike killed five people near the border. a nato meeting is underway now and it comes on the same day that three car bombs hit a popular square in aleppo, syria's biggest city. at least 40 people were killed i
never worked again. and she was there to see that humiliation. >> reporter: she came to the u.s. in 1926 and soon became fearful of what she saw. the new deal, social security, big government getting bigger. >> she saw american communism begin to blossom or so she thought in the 1930s and was appalled and horrified. >> reporter: her most famous books, the fountain head and atlas shrugged paint an ugly picture of big government and celebrate the individual over the collective. she called her philosophy objectivism which values selfishness, rejects altruism and advocates free market capitalism. she told mike wallace in a 1959 interview. >> i'm challenging the moral code of altruism, man's moral duty is to live for others. i say man is entitled to his own happiness and that he must achieve it himself. >> reporter: in ayn rand's eyes, what was the role of government? >> very, very, very small. no public scols. no public libraries. no public hospitals. no public roads. >> reporter: what's the biggest misperception of ayn rand? >> i think the biggest misperception is that she's against things,
sandy is pushing water up, some of the major rivers along the u.s. east coast. and that means the threat of serious flooding, as far inland at least right now as washington, d.c. chris lawrence is along the city's main point of defense for the waters of the potomac river, talking about the tidal basin. chris, what's going on over there? >> reporter: we're starting to see the winds starting to pick up a lot here. you can definitely see the waves starting to lap here in the tidal basin. if you take a look, an iconic view of washington, d.c., that's the jefferson memorial, with the waters really starting to pick up here. one of the things we've followed throughout the day is the power outages. to give you an idea how quickly things have changed since we've been out here, in just a matter of a couple of hours, it's gone from maybe 9,000 people without power to probably over 60,000 people without power. and even though this is a storm that is affecting mostly the east coast, as this storm pushes up the coast, the people responding are coming from all over the country. some of the area compani
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out water from some of those subway stations. do you need the u.s. military to help you in this area? >> they're here already. they've been tremendous. part of the army corps of engineers i think it's the sea watering unit. they were actually very helpful to the folks in katrina in new orleans. and they've been here. we need their help on the subway system. also part of the mta we also have two tunnels that transport cars. right now those tunnels are completely flooded. the brooklyn battery tunnel which is recently been renamed, that tunnel each tunnel -- that's two of them, have 47 million gallons of water in them that was flowing in from the hudson river. and we need to get that water out of there. then we need to do an examination of the structural integrity of those tunnels. once we do that and hopefully they're structurally sound, we'll be able to get cars moving through between queens and manhattan and between brooklyn and manhattan. >> there's been some concern that if the water stays in those subway stations for too long it could cause even greater problems, mold and other da
workers, even a u.s. coast guard staffer, that was going through the neighborhoods, just trying to sort things out. so there were people who stayed here. unfortunately, the reports i'm getting, and i'll let cnn independently confirm this, but what i'm hearing is that southern long beach island did much worse than northern long beach island. and obviously, my sympathies go out to anyone on the whole eastern seaboard who was severely affected by this storm. >> what was it like at the height of the storm? what did you have to do to deal with this? >> well, it wasn't, you know, the calmest night in my life. but you just try to keep a cool head and you get as much information as possible. i had studied what the tidal patterns were, so i knew when to expect that the water started receding, and i was very grateful to see that the water promptly exited the first floor of the property here after high tide happened. i also, you know, calculated when sunrise would be. we lost power at about 10:30 p.m. so you just try to stay calm and you know that there'll be an end to it. >> i know you rode out h
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